LAGOS CITY MARATHON: ORGANISERS REAFFIRMED READINESS FOR 2019 EDITION

 LAGOS CITY MARATHON: ORGANISERS REAFFIRMED READINESS FOR 2019 EDITION

Everything seems to be in place for the staging of the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon this Saturday, February 2, in Lagos.

According to the General Manager of the race, Yusuf Ali, all logistics and plans have been perfected to ensure a hitch-free event this year as more than 4000 foreign athletes from 58 countries are expected this year while 2000 of them are from North America.

Ali, who spoke at the media seminar organized to acquaint journalists with the basics rules of the tournament said some of the top athletes are expected in the country from tomorrow as plans are in top gear to stage a befitting competition this year.

“We are aware that this is media event and we want our media partners to also be familiar with the rules of covering marathon. We will ensure we give them the necessary support to carry out their duties during the event but we also want them to know the basics rules particularly as it concerns the starting and finishing lines,” he said.

For the initiator of the race, Bukonla Olopade, the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon would continue to grow in leaps and bounds as the organizers are also willing to learn from other world-class marathons across the world.

Olopade admitted the hitches that characterized the previous editions while assuring that this year hopes to be an improvement to their previous ones.

“We want to continue to get better and the only way we can get better is to take a cue from top class marathons like the New York and Dubai Marathons where we were recently to understudy them. We are hopeful that we will get better this year and ready to correct some of our mistakes as the tournament continues to grow,” he added.

In his remarks, the Presidential Candidate of African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore, described marathon as a revenue earner for a nation while clamouring for political backing for marathon to help it grow.

Ayomide Oyewole

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